What is the Retro Tri Series?

Believe it or not, before the days of bike racks, triathlons and multisport events were still as prominent as ever. The Retro Tri Series is taking a step back to those days by offering a unique series that highlights the retro allure that once was. Retro attire is encouraged to enhance the experience and atmosphere! 

Specifically, the USA Triathlon Retro Tri Series is a youth and adult multisport event that combines swimming, biking, and running. All events within the series are not required to be timed, but timing is acceptable. The focus is on participation rather than competition. Because of this, rankings will not be available for races within the series.

To participate in the USA Triathlon Retro Tri Series, athletes must be at least 13 years of age. USA Triathlon will be selecting 5 events across the United States which will make up the 2016 Series. The Retro Tri Series will serve to expose and continue to educate all participants on a healthy and active multisport lifestyle. It is open to first-timers, seasoned veterans, and those looking to stay active, all while in an event atmosphere.

Why Participate?

  • Continues to expose and educate all athletes to the multisport lifestyle, all while being involved in a fun, exciting, and safe atmosphere!
  • Engages all athletes in pre-race and post-race activities such as vendors areas, clinics, and additional educational opportunities.
  • Creates an opportunity to meet friends and other athletes who engage or want to become engaged in the multisport lifestyle!
  • Perfect for first-timers, seasoned veterans, and those looking to stay active.

Event Distances

Ages 13+ (adults included)
Swim: 300-400 yards
Bike: 5-10mi
Run: 2-5k

Can I participate?

Absolutely! You are eligible to take part in the Retro Tri Series if you are 13 years of age or older and have a USA Triathlon Annual or One-Day Membership! If you do not yet have a membership, you may purchase one prior or on race day with the event's race director.

Be prepared for a great experience and bring a positive attitude!

Need a Membership?

Prior to the event, be sure to purchase your Annual Membership which includes a wealth of benefits! Click here to become a member and to view member benefits. 

You may also purchase a One-Day Membership. The One-Day Membership can be purchased through the Race Director, but does not include any benefits of the Annual Membership!

2016 Events

April 23 - Albuquerque, NM

Rio Grande Retro Tri

May 22 - Norfolk, VA

Old Dominion Triathlon

May 22 - San Diego, CA

San Diego Retro Tri & Splash and Dash

August 13 - New Castle, IN

USAT Retro Tri Series 5th Summit Lake Optimist

August 14 - Santa Cruz, CA

Tri Santa Cruz

What are Sanctioned Events?

The term “sanction” refers to the compliance of a multisport event to USA Triathlon’s safety requirements. Safety plans, course maps, and event details must be submitted for review by experienced USA Triathlon staff. This ensures events are safe and fair competition environments.

USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 events across the country. USA Triathlon not only sanctions triathlons, but also paratriathlons, duathlons, aquathlons, aquabikes, off-road events, winter triathlons, youth races, camps and clinics. 

Click here to view the USAT Sanctioned Events Calendar.